Reasons Why You Should Not Wash Your Face in the Shower

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Every person has a unique skincare routine that may involve simply cleaning one’s skin or a delicate and painstaking preservation of the youth and beauty of the body’s largest organ. No matter how simple or meticulous your skincare routine is, you may be wondering if you are doing something that could be harming your routine. If you are washing your face in the shower, then you are causing your delicate skin to suffer.

Washing your face in the shower being harmful to your facial skin is not just based on old wives’ tales. It is based on scientific evidence, which is backed by skin experts.

Reasons Not to Wash Your Face in the Shower

If you do not know it yet, here are the explanations why washing your face in the shower is not a good idea:


Controlling water temperature is a bit tricky in the shower.

The right temperature for washing your face is different from the temperature that you use when showering. Often, you use hot water as you shower, which is the wrong temperature for washing your face. The best temperature is lukewarm to cold water, which is easy to achieve when you wash your face in the sink.


Hot water damages your facial skin in the long run.

At a high temperature, water dilates your blood vessels and capillaries, which can cause skin blotching. If you experience blotching, it will be very noticeable on your face, which may leave you conscious about how you look. If this happens to often, your skin may develop an almost permanent blotchiness.

If you suffer from skin redness, washing your face in hot water will aggravate it especially if you have a condition called roscacea. This is a common skin disease characterized by flushing and redness that can spread from the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin down to your ears, chest, and back.


Residue from shower products damage your facial skin.

When you shower, you use so many products including shampoo and conditioner. The substances in these products are not suitable for exposure to your delicate face. You may be using hair products that have strong formulations that may cause irritation to your skin.

In addition to this, you are using your hands to apply different products to your body. Even if you let water flow through your hands as you shower, the residue of these products are still on your hands, which you use to wash and rinse your face.


Washing your face in the shower can cause dehydration.

The idea of a shower, where you have tons of water supplied to your face, can cause dehydration is confusing. However, this is the truth. Exposing your facial skin to too much water from the water actually strips it from its natural water content.

If your skin becomes dehydrated, it will produce more oil to make up for the lack of water. As a result, your face will have breakouts, dry patches, and even signs of irritation.


The Right Way of Washing Your Face

Now that you know that washing your face in the shower is a bad idea, here are some pro tips on face washing the right way:


Use the right tools

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After a tiring day at work, resist the urge to multi-task while in the shower. Remove your makeup first using an oil-based remover suitable for your skin type. Remember to be gentle when removing cosmetic products from your face so as not to scratch and damage your skin. Make sure that you are removing as much of your makeup as you can so that it will be easier to wash your face using water.


Use the right water temperature

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Once you have removed your makeup, head over to the sink, not the shower. Turn the faucet on to lukewarm settings. This will remove the oil buildup on your face. You can use a facial foam or cleanser that is right for your skin type.

Remember that there are different types of cleanser for the face. Not each of these is suitable for every skin type. So if you have dry skin, use a cream-based cleanser since this will supply moisture to your skin. For normal skin, opt for a cleanser with a balanced pH. For oily skin, the ideal product is a foaming cleanser since it will leave your skin feeling fresh. However, some oily skin types prefer oil-based cleansers. It is a matter of knowing which one your facial skin best reacts to. And for acne-prone skin, look for acne-specific cleansers.


Do the right washing method

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As soon as you have the right water temperature, splash water on your face. Apply cleanser on your fingertips following the amount directed by the manufacturer. Apply it on your face in a circular motion. Lather the cleanser on your nose and forehead up to the area around and under the jawline.

Keep the cleansing gentle, which means that you should not scrub your face. There is no need for washcloths or scrubs since there is no other gentler tool to use than your hands. As long as you wash your face everyday, there is no need to scrub your face.

After you cleanse your face, rinse it with lukewarm water again. You can splash cold water on your face to seal in moisture and minimize your pores. Once done, pat dry your face using a soft and clean washcloth or face towel. Do not scrub off water from your face; maintain the gentleness by patting the water off from your skin.

Dermatologists recommend washing your face twice everyday. Washing your face over four times daily does not produce any benefits for your facial skin and even worsens its condition. A simple routine is effective enough for your face, especially since it is not thick and thereby does not require extreme exfoliation.

For more tips and information on how to wash your face, refer to this video:


Reminders About Washing Your Face

Your face is your asset. A healthy facial skin will help you feel better about yourself, making you more confident. To protect your facial skin, here are some reminders about washing it

  • Skin experts do not recommend washing your face while in the shower due to a variety of reasons: high water temperature, exposure to showering product residues, and overexposure to water.
  • Washing your face with hot water may feel refreshing but will actually damage your skin making it dehydrated and sensitive. It will also aggravate skin conditions such as redness.
  • If you want to wash you face, do it in the sink where you can adjust the temperature from lukewarm to cold—the right temperatures for your facial skin.
  • Wash your face two times a day and not more than four.
  • Use your hands to cleanse your face using a cleanser right for your skin type. There is no need for washcloths or facial scrubbers.
  • Be gentle when washing your face and drying it.
  • Washing your face does not have to be meticulous and involve tons of steps. A simple routine done consistently is enough to keep it in top shape.


Did you find this guide helpful? Should you have questions you want to ask or concerns you want to voice out about washing your face in the shower or in the sink, please feel free to post a comment below.